Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 6.29.2006:
A serious crack in US/EU Unity on Iran.
- Reuters reported that Germany's defense minister said Iran should be allowed to enrich uranium for power generation provided there is close monitoring by U.N. inspectors to ensure that it is not trying to develop atomic weapons.
- Yahoo News reported that a meeting between EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's top nuclear negotiator has been postponed until after Group of Eight foreign ministers meet on Thursday.
- The Washington Post reported that Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations meet in Moscow on Thursday.
- The Guardian reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew to the Russian capital to join international talks on Iran's nuclear program as the world awaits Tehran's response.
- The Guardian reported that Iran's foreign minister has indicated that his country may respond before mid-July to an international package aimed at resolving a standoff over its nuclear program.
- SMCCDI reported that a feared cleric was shot to death by a local resident in western Iran. The victim, Rahim Dastyar, was a representative of the regime' s supreme leader.
- Robert T. McLean, Spectator reported on the return of the Non-Aligned Movement and its support for Iran.
- Los Angeles Times reported that in what call Iranian students call a "purge," more than 40 professors at Tehran University were last week unexpectedly forced to retire.
- Macleans reported that two months have passed since the Iranian-Canadian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo was locked in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, Canada is making so little headway in securing his release. His wife said: "He is in poor shape and has lost a lot of weight."
- Stratfor argued that Ahmadinejad's planned visit to Iraq in the near future strongly suggests that Tehran is close to consolidating its position in Iraq.
- The Heritage Foundation published the testimony of James Phillips before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on: U.S. Policy and Iran's Nuclear Challenge.